Nick Kingham makes his third start of the season tonight. The #6 prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates system has pitched well in each of his first two starts and looks to continue that success at home against Richmond. Check out the Prospect Watch from last night. For a look at possible starters down the line, check out our Probable Starter Chart. All minor league transactions over the last month can be found at the bottom of the page.
AAA: Indianapolis (9-3) @ Louisville (7-5) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (1-0, 2.08)
Yesterday’s Result: Louisville 7, Indianapolis 3
Casey Sadler will make his third start of the season. He was originally supposed to start on Monday, but this start was pushed back due to two consecutive rainouts and then Jeff Locke ended up going Wednesday. Sadler went six innings in his debut against Columbus, allowing one run on four hits and a walk, with three strikeouts. He lasted seven innings in his second game, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. Sadler made 23 starts for Altoona and one late season start for Indianapolis last year. He threw a total of 136.1 innings, allowing 123 hits, 12 homers and 43 walks. He had 72 strikeouts, a 1.69 GO/AO ratio and a .244 BAA. In his lone Indianapolis start, Sadler allowed three earned runs over six innings.
AA: Altoona (4-7) vs Richmond (8-5) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (1-0, 0.75)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 5, Harrisburg 2
Nick Kingham will make his third start of the season tonight. In his season debut, he threw six shutout innings, allowing three hits and three walks. In his second outing, Kingham gave up one run over six innings and just like in his first game, he allowed three hits and three walks. He has ten strikeouts, a .158 BAA and a 1.44 GO/AO ratio.
High-A: Bradenton (8-5) vs Jupiter (6-7) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Orlando Castro (2-0, 2.45)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 4, Palm Beach 0
Orlando Castro will make his third start of the season tonight. He went five innings in his debut, allowing three runs on four hits. In his last game, Castro threw six shutout innings. He has 11 strikeouts and hasn’t issued a walk this season. Castro has a 4.00 GO/AO ratio and a .225 BAA. In 108 innings last season, split between West Virginia and Bradenton, he had a 2.67 ERA and 84 strikeouts, while walking just 17 batters. He has pitched in the Pirates system since 2010 and has never walked more than 18 hitters in a season.
Low-A: West Virginia (6-8) @ Kannapolis (6-8) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Felipe Gonzalez (0-1, 2.25)
Yesterday’s Result: Asheville 5, West Virginia 4 (game one) West Virginia 3, Asheville 2 (game two)
Felipe Gonzalez will make his first start since joining the Pirates organization. He was picked up from the New York Yankees in the minor league portion of the Rule V draft last December. Gonzalez has pitched three times in relief this year, throwing a total of eight innings. He has allowed two runs on four hits and one walk, while striking out ten batters.
4/16: Collin Balester activated from disabled list and assigned to Bradenton.
4/16: Adalberto Santos assigned to Indianapolis. Jay Jackson transferred to Jamestown roster.
4/14: Luis Heredia placed on disabled list. Brett McKinney added to West Virginia roster.
4/13: Adalberto Santos transferred from Indianapolis to Jamestown roster.
4/12: Vin Mazzaro assigned to Indianapolis. Josh Kinney transferred to Jamestown roster.
4/11: Chris Stewart transferred from Bradenton to Indianapolis.
4/11: Jeff Locke activated from disabled list. Assigned to Indianapolis.
4/7: Barrett Barnes and Harold Ramirez placed on disabled list. Adam Landecker and Justin Maffei added to West Virginia roster.
4/6: Chris Stewart assigned to Bradenton on rehab.
4/5: Robert Andino placed on disabled list. Blake Davis added to Indianapolis roster.
4/4: Stetson Allie added to Altoona roster. Junior Sosa transferred to Jamestown roster.
4:4 Kenn Kasparek and Quinton Miller placed on disabled list. Brandon Mann added to Altoona roster.
3/29: Quincy Latimore and Erick Fernandez released.
3/27: Traded a player to be named later in exchange for Keon Broxton.
3/25: Acquired Vance Worley in exchange for cash.
3/22: Six minor league players released. Carlos Mesa, Cesar Lopez, Axel Diaz, Elvin Ramirez, Kirk Singer and Eliecer Navarro.
3/20 Zac Fuesser, Ethan Hollingsworth, Kevin Kleis and Dalton Friend released.
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John,I will be there to see Kingham again tonight. He had shaky command the first start,but Erie still had a difficult time getting the bat on the ball.I think he is going to be a real horse in the middle of the rotation when he is ready, That mention of Balester is an interesting item ! I don’t think a lot of folks were aware the Pirates were attempting to help him salvage his career.
Balester is almost a forgotten person, but he was a prospect at one time who never panned out. Good player to take a flyer on, you got nothing to lose with him
I agree John By the way,I just watched Kingham’s s pitches once again,he didn’t look very sharp to me. He struggled with both control and command,throwing approximately 45 K to 35 BB.Only 2 unearned runs, though Kinghams 2nd throwing error caused the biggest problem.
Following along online, it seemed like he wasn’t sharp, but it’s good to see he was still able to get through five and limit the damage. It’s tough to be down on someone with an 0.53 ERA, but his control seems a little off and he isn’t getting as many strikeouts as normal
What was funny John is I was watching his pitch count the entire game,but when he was done in the 5th,I looked up and they had the Pirate score up in the pitch count area so I wasn’t entirely sure of the exact number and the balls vs, strikes. I don’t want to appear to be negative about Kingham,but that ERA is really deceiving.His command,as it is right now, will not play at a higher level.
Perhaps that’s why he’s at this level because he’s not in a place to pitch at a higher level. Ever think of that? It’s called development and he’s 3 starts into the season. I’m pretty sure you had Volquez taking the same path as Jonathan Sanchez too. That doesn’t mean he won’t, but I trust Searage and the player development brain trust just a tad more than you Buster or Leo. Perhaps your Leo Mazzoni in disguise?
For your information Kip Winner,I was on the Kingham bandwagon long before folks like you even knew who he was. And watching him after his promotion to AA,I thought he was on the fast track to MLB. Since you probably just began checking PP last week,you also wouldn’t know that I very much defended the signing of Volquez over giving a 37 year old pitcher a min. Of $ 14.1 mil. In other words, if you want to attack me,step right up bud, but you better do a little background work so you have the proper facts. Now you had better run along,I heard your Mom calling you for lunch.
So you and NH sit down and discuss all of the inside scoop that us common folk aren’t privy too? I guess you have a special internet that told you about Kingham before everyone else. Got it
Perhaps reading comprehension is in order for you. Where did I mention supporting the signing of Volquez over AJ? Point it out to me and we will go from there.
BTW, I’ve been reading PP for over a year without commenting. Over that year, I’ve noticed there was one consistent wise azz, and that was you. There’s been many comments on here that I may think aren’t the brightest, but like most considerate posters, I refrain from mocking them. Perhaps you should consider the same approach, since you have NO distinguishing qualities that would qualify you as a baseball expert.